Things to Do in Edinburgh | Edinburgh City Breaks
Things to Do in Edinburgh: Edinburgh has a fantastic reputation as one of the most cultural and intelligent cities in the whole of the United Kingdom.
With an illustrious history, hospitable population and beautiful landmarks; must see sights are ten to the dozen!
You’d be hard pressed to visit Edinburgh and not come away with some unforgettable experiences, but here’s a few pointers to get you started.
Palace of Holyroodhouse Edinburgh
The Palace of Holyroodhouse, is a magnificent palace serving as the official home of the Monarch of the United Kingdom in Scotland.
The palace is found at the end of Royal Mile, not far away from the Edinburgh Castle.
The palace used to be a guest house before being attached to Holyrood Abbey by King James IV in the year 1501.
Its oldest surviving part is the north-western tower constructed as a royal apartment for King James V in the year 1529.
Holyroodhouse Palace is closed to the public during state functions and whenever the royal family is visiting.
Queen Elizabeth II usually spends a week or two at the palace at the start of every summer while carrying out a series of official arrangements and ceremonies.
St. Giles Cathedral Edinburgh
Also referred to as the High Kirk of Edinburgh or the Cradle of Presbyterianism, St. Giles Cathedral, is the Church of Scotland’s main place of worship in the city of Edinburgh.
It is found in the Royal Mile, just a few metres from the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the High Court of Scotland.
Established between the late 14th and early 15th centuries, St. Giles stands out as one of the oldest surviving cathedrals not only in Edinburgh, but also in Scotland.
It is dedicated to Saint Giles, who was the patron saint of cripples, lepers, and beggars.
Apart from having unique architectural design, St. Giles Cathedral also boasts beautiful stained glass windows.
The windows depict different prominent saints including Saint Giles, Saint Cuthbert, Saint Andrew, King David I, and Saint Columba.
Due to its tremendous size, the cathedral is capable of carrying up to about 1,100 worshippers at a single service.
National Museum Of Scotland
The National Museum of Scotland comprises two main buildings, one is Victorian while the other one is modern.
The new building connects with the Victorian structure through a sky bridge passing across Chambers Street.
Both buildings house a huge collection of artefacts and antiquities from Scotland and different parts of the world including China, Egypt, Korea, and Japan.
Many collections inside the museum describe the natural history and culture of Scotland in detail.
One of the most famous exhibits in the National Museum of Scotland is the stuffed body of Dolly the Sheep.
This is the body of the first mammal to be cloned successfully from an adult somatic cell through the process known as nuclear transfer.
Other stimulating and imaginative exhibitions include the Millennium Clock and one of the most extravagant suits ever worn by Elton John.
Audio guides have been made available in several languages to make things easier for foreign visitors who do not understand English.
The National Museum is incredibly popular amongst every audience.
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